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Full text of "Byzantine Churches In Constantinople"

158                         BYZANTINE CHURCHES                       CHAP.
the Turkish conquest. One day when the Sultan was riding through his newly acquired capital he came to the Pammakaristos, and upon being informed that it was the church assigned to the Patriarch Gennadius, alighted to honour the prelate with a visit. The meeting took place In this parecclesioiij and the conversation, of which a summary account was afterwards sent to the Sultans dwelt on the dogmas of the Christian Faith.1
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O my husbands my lightj my breath, whom I now greet.
This gift to thee also is from thy wife.
For thou indeed who wast like a sleepless lion in battles
Sleepest, having to endure the grave, instead (of occupying) thy lair.
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